TV director Russ Mayberry, who helmed episodes of “That Girl,” “The Brady Bunch,” “Ironside,” “McCloud,” “Marcus Welby, M.D.,” “Kojak,” “Magnum, P.I.” and “In the Heat of the Night,” among many other series, during his 46-year career in the industry, died July 27 in Fort Collins, Colo., after brief illness. He was 86.
Mayberry was a busy director of series television beginning in 1967 with episodes of “The Flying Nun” and “The Monkees,” among others. He also helmed episodes of “Bewitched” and “I Dream of Jeannie” in the late 1960s. Mayberry mostly directed sitcoms in the first few years of his helming career — work on Western “The Virginian” was an exception — but he soon transitioned into directing dramas, including “Baretta,” “The Six Million Dollar Man,” “Harry O” and “Black Sheep Squadron” (an episode of which he also produced).
During the late ’70s and early ’80s Mayberry directed a series of telepics including “The 3,000 Mile Chase,” “The Million Dollar Dixie Deliverance,” “Marriage Is Alive and Well” and “Side by Side: The True Story of the Osmond Family.”
Series directing credits during the 1980s include “The Fall Guy,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “The Equalizer,” “Jake and the Fatman.” He directed several episodes of “Matlock” in the early ’90s.Russell B. Mayberry was born in Duluth, Minn. After serving as a naval aviator in WWII, he attended Northwestern U. in Chicago.
Mayberry started out in the TV business as a stage hand at WBKB in Chicago, and his career took him to Memphis and New York, back to Chicago and then to California.
Survivors include Mayberry’s wife, Sandy; a son; a daughter; two grandchildren; and a brother.
A remembrance gathering will be held on Monday, Aug. 6, at 11 a.m. at the Allnutt Drake Reception Center, 650 W. Drake Road, Fort Collins, Colo.
Donations may be made to Directors Guild of America Foundation, 7920 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90046 or Waikiki Aquarium, Honolulu, Hawaii.
Please visit Allnutt.com to view Mayberry’s online obituary, sign the family guest book and send condolences.